New York Truck Driver Error / Negligence Lawyer
All drivers are responsible for acting responsibly on the road, but this duty is even more essential for those who drive 18-wheelers and semi trucks. Due to their enormous size and power, commercial trucks can cause catastrophic accidents should their drivers act negligently behind the wheel. Here in New York, the high volume of traffic makes the damage that can occur from truck driver errors even more significant. It is imperative for victims of truck accidents to take legal action against the careless drivers at fault for their injuries in order to discourage this dangerous behavior in the future.
If you or someone you love has sustained an injury because of a negligent truck driver, we can help you pursue financial compensation for your medical costs, lost wages, and other damages. For a free consultation regarding your legal rights and options, contact the New York truck driver error attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP, today at (212) 779-0057.
Do I Need a New York Truck Driver Lawyer?
When it comes to the law, experience is key. In any type of legal action, it is best to select a lawyer who has experience with the particular area of law that concerns your case. The truck accident attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP have direct experience with other truck accident claims, and this is the type of knowledge that you want on your side for your action. Our lawyers have extensive time invested in truck accident claims so that they have the best available knowledge for you.
It is especially important to have a truck accident attorney for New York truck driver error cases because these accident claims can quickly become complicated. While the truck driver may be the party most obvious to face liability for the case, often the trucking company and other parties may also be held responsible. Trucking companies typically carry large liability insurance policies for their trucks and drivers, protecting the company if it is involved in an accident claim.
Other potentially liable parties include mechanics who worked on the vehicle, because even if the driver made an error, if the truck did not perform as expected, liability may be shared with the service team or even parts manufacturers. Each level of responsibility gets more intricate, and in order for you to get the maximum compensation available in your case, you need to make sure that no detail goes unnoticed. An experienced attorney is the key for you to approach your case with extreme precision.
When claims get turned over to the insurance companies, they take on a whole new light. Insurance companies try and settle claims for as little money as possible. They do this by taking advantage of injured victims when they offer quick settlements. These early settlement offers may seem like a substantial amount of money, but they are rarely enough to cover your medical bills, Insurance companies like to deal with accident victims on their own because they know that lawyers will not put up with their tricks. The lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP know how to handle the insurance companies so that your needs are fully cared for and that you get the settlement you deserve from the insurance company. If the insurance company is not being fair, Hach & Rose, LLP knows when to cease negotiations and meet them in court. This entire process takes into account your needs so that you get the justice you deserve for your claim.
How Can Hach & Rose, LLP Help With My Case?
Hach & Rose, LLP offers compassionate services that elevate the importance of the client, and this is why we have received accolades including:
- $300 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients
- Members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum from 2009 through 2019
- Top AV rating by Martindale from 2008 through 2019
- Recipient of New York Top Verdicts recognition from 2010 through 2019
This is the kind of recognition that big New York law firms receive, yet our small, client-focused firm has generated the same type of success with a completely different approach to the law.
Other law firms often lose sight of the importance of the client, which means that you become a case number. At Hach & Rose, LLP, Michael Rose sets a rigorous standard for personal client attention so that your needs are always heard and your expectations are always our top priority. You will have direct contact with your lawyer so that whenever you have questions about your case or other areas where we can help, we are only a call away.
Common Types of Truck Driver Negligence
Truck drivers must know how to operate their vehicles safely while following traffic laws. Mistakes are inexcusable when you operate large and potentially destructive machinery. Drivers unable or unwilling to put safety first may be held responsible for truck accidents caused by the following:
- Failure to signal turns
- Aggressive driving
- Driving with overweight load
- Driving during adverse conditions
- Following too closely
- Failure to obey traffic signs
- Failure to obey traffic signals
- Braking too late
- Misjudging turns
- Failing to check blind spots
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
Drivers who fail to uphold basic safety expectations that cause accidents in these situations may liable for any damages or injuries they cause as a result of their reckless behavior.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you were injured in an accident with a large truck, you probably have many questions about your case. The answers to some common questions we hear are listed below, but you can also contact us at (212) 779-0057 for answers to any specific questions you may have about your particular case.
What kind of trucks are considered to be “commercial trucks”?
A commercial truck is any kind of truck that is involved in the transport of commercial goods. These can be large semi-trucks that are 18-wheelers, trucks with smaller trailers, or even box trucks making deliveries around the City.
What kind of compensation is available for truck accident cases involving a truck driver error?
Victims injured in truck accidents may be eligible for financial compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, wages lost from work, property damage and more. To understand what type of compensation may be available to you, it is best to discuss your accident with a New York truck accident attorney.
What is my claim worth?
Personal injury cases that cover your truck accident can offer compensation in the form of economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages cover things that have a dollar value, like your medical bills and other hard costs associated with your injuries. Non-economic damages cover things like pain and suffering, time away from your family, etc. Every case is different, so in order for you to get a better idea of what your claim may be worth, you should talk to a truck accident attorney.
How will I cover the medical expenses I have?
Payment for your medical expenses can be a tricky situation after a truck accident. Your health insurance, your personal car insurance or the negligent driver’s car insurance may cover your medical costs, but since every situation is different, is best to discuss your scenario with an experienced attorney.
How do I begin a truck accident claim process?
Gather as much evidence about your accident as you can and set an appointment with an experienced truck accident lawyer.
What kind of evidence do I need for a truck accident claim?
Evidence in a truck accident case can involve anything from witness statements and contact information to photos you have of the accident scene. An official accident report from the police and your medical bills will also be crucial to your case. Do not panic if you do not have these items because a knowledgeable truck accident attorney can help you gather all of the information you need and even conduct an additional investigation if necessary.
Can I receive money for the time I missed from work after my truck accident?
A truck accident claim can include money to reimburse you from your lost wages due to time you had to take off of work because of the injuries you sustained from your accident.
When should I talk to an attorney?
Call an attorney as soon as possible after your accident. There is a statute of limitations in New York that gives you up to two years to take legal action for any auto accident, but it is always better to get moving quickly on truck accident claims because they can be extensive.
Truck accidents can leave victims facing substantial physical, emotional, and financial damages. However, you may be entitled to compensation from the negligent truck driver at fault for your pain and suffering. To discuss your case, contact the New York truck driver negligence lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP, by calling (212) 779-0057 today.